Can we discuss STOLEN (lost) phones, fore and after tip, tips to secure our info

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  1. nia07

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    Can we discuss STOLEN (lost) phones, before and after tip, tips to secure our info

    I think we should have a thread for general info on the subject STOLE/LOST :cus: phones.



    I may have had a smartphone but I was not a smart owner :( no lock, no tracking app and now... no phone!

    Yep, I need Stolen phone advice. I am sure others will at some point too. My Galaxy S3 was swiped at a casino. I thank god have insurance and am getting the NOTE II since they don't carry S3 in 64G anymore.

    I am so bummed about it. It was mint!! I loved it. And I can't imagine what I lost for pics and such. Last backup was a bit ago.

    So here are my questions and feel free to add what your concerns would be if your was stolen. We all use them so differently.

    1. what do you do when you find out it's "gone" police report? have service turned off? what is the difference in action if it might be just "lost"

    2. what can be seen by a theif if it isn't locked?

    3. what are the tracking options after if you didn't have a tracking app?

    4. how to secure your information before and after? what good would it do change phone's gmail after it is stolen?

    5.
    what are the best tracking apps to install BEFORE?

    For starters... please add anything you can to this discussion.








     
  2. dezymond

    dezymond Tech Support Mod Staff Member Premium Member

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    I'm guessing you didn't have any app that remotely tracks your phone and can wipe its data? That's a good before tip, get an app that is capable (SeekDroid, Cerberus, etc). These apps have the capability to locate your phone by forcing GPS on, can remotely wipe or lock your phone (with a password), and these features can all be used through SMS as well, well at least SeekDroid allows it.

    As for after, you can always try "Plan B" and see if that works. Just go to the Play Store through a web browser and install it to lost device. Otherwise if you don't have the device in front of you or an app that can remotely control it all you can do is have Verizon disconnect the line and that's it. You can hope someone will turn it in.

    If you have lost your phone, I highly suggest you log onto your PC and change your passwords (especially your gmail account) immediately, and any passwords that are the same. Let a friend/family member know that your phone was lost/stolen and to notify all your friends/family to let them know it's not you should anyone use your phone.

    That's about all you can do regarding a stolen/lost phone without an app that allows remote access to it.
     
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    Sorry I was in the middle of editing the post when you answer.

    I learned all of what you said pretty fast AFTER it was stolen. I know I had in the casino and used it to test my hubby. I just didn't know if I should turn it off with my SP or wait to try to track. I waited half a day... if I called it, it was shut off... right to voice mail. I did go on my SP account online and saw my last text and time was the last one I sent. No calls where made either. I also logged into my gmail and could see my map history and the pins where all mine... last one was at the casino. I have been checking to see if it has been turned in, 2 days now and nope :(

    So what can they do with it? I know my SP makes it stolen so they can't sell it and have it tuned on. Is it sold for parts? I don't get it??
     
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    dezymond Tech Support Mod Staff Member Premium Member

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    They can really do whatever they want with it except for activate and use it as their own phone; keep it as a wifi device, sell it on CL to someone who doesn't know better, sell it for parts, whatever they want. Any information you have on the phone (phone calls, contacts, text messages, etc) are all at their disposal as it's not locked away from them unless you had a lock set; PIN, password, pattern, or face unlock.
     
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    We actually had a few thread talking about lost prevention apps.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    I searched but couldn't find one that was good, most were per situation...
     
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    So if phone is deactivated with the SP, all apps are still there and they can get into them? So ex. email app, all email that were there are still there? or will the app not open without service?
     
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    An app can open without service, which is why I said your text messages, pictures, email, contacts, etc. are all at risk. Some apps, such as Facebook, require internet to access information.

    When your service provider deactivates a line it means the line will no longer pull a phone or data signal. However, since they can't deactivate the wifi card, wifi is still an option to allow access to apps that require an internet connection, which is why I suggested you change all your passwords.
     
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    GPS Phone Finder

    I just came across "GPS phone finder" last week. It locate your phone on a google map if you send your phone a text message. It's presence on the phone is pretty invisible. I just bought it but I think they have a trial.
    Bill
     
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    Did you contact the casino security and ask if anybody turned in a phone?
    That would be my first course of action, then I would call the carrier and have the phone shut off and label it stolen so it is black listed.

    If you DO get it back, call the carrier and indicate this so you can regain use.
     
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    Here is an image tutorial that shows where the phone location app is, and how to activate it for use on Google services.
    First action: main screen
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    Second action: All apps menu screen
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    Third action: Google search app/settings
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    Fourth action:Android device manager
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    The lower setting is a preset, you need to manually select the upper setting to allow remote location of device.
    You may wish to reboot, but not required.
     
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    OMG, this is horrible. I just had my phone stolen and my pin/lock code is kinda simple to figure out. Okay, so, let me get this clear. If I deactivated my phone,the person can still use it as a WIFI device and they can get into my emails? I changed my passwords... I am so sad

     
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    Hope all ends well friend

    Note 3 <Caesars>
     
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